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Jan 17, 2013 7:00pm PST
. it started with michelle ramsey as part of her research into genetics. her study will track 12,000 people and four african countries and as part of the world's first pan-african scientific adventure examining the genetics of africans. >> we know body composition is what causes predisposition to diseases and diseases of lifestyle. it's really wanting to understand the genetic bases of it and how the environment interacts with the genetic experience to give us the risks. >> the risks of diseases like cancer and heart disease are set to increase as more africans start eating food with high calories. by 2030, the world health organization fears they'll overtake diseases like hiv-aids as the continent's biggest killers. though africa has the greatest genetic diversity of any continent, the population has been around the longest. very little is known about people's genes compared to europeans, americans or asians. yet that knowledge could be vital in combating a future health crisis. the research will also strengthen science in africa. >> it's opening up opportunities for young researchers such
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